I have always been infatuated by the Twyla Tharp quote, "There are no new ideas, only new connections between old ideas." This selection of paintings show that by using what is already on the recycled canvas, I can make discoveries that will inform my critters. It’s also a way to create nostalgia, because it feels like everyone's grandparents had these types of paintings on their walls. By reinvigorating the old pieces with my characters, I not only save the original painting from being damaged or forgotten, I also stumble upon new ways to present and explore my own creations.
About the artist...
Zach Bartz is a painter, performer, and producer in Chicago, IL. A self-taught visual artist, he creates vibrant portraits, anxious critters, and comedic scenes from repurposed art found in thrift stores. Zach's work has been showcased in the offices McGarrybowen, at Columbia College Chicago, Star Lounge, Dimo's Pizza and more, and his large-scale murals can be seen around Chicago, as well, most notably at Cards Against Humanity, Cork Lounge, Kite String Cantina, and the Playground theater. Zach also uses his improv training to crank out paintings live before an audience at concerts, comedy shows, and private events, often creating more than thirty pieces in under two hours. He is the co-founder of the word of mouth variety show The Shithole, and teaches improvisation and painting to children attending Chicago Public Schools through Columbia College Chicago's Community Schools program. Instagram: @ImZachBartz